I Gede Ardika

Gede has served twice as the appointed Minister for Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia under two Presidential Cabinets, President Abdurraham Wahid and President Megawati Soekarnoputri. He started his carrier as lecturer in his former hotel school he attended in Bandung and then became Director, a project under the Swiss Government Technical Assistance. He also founded a government hotel school in Bali and held several positions at the Ministry of Tourism, Post and Telecommunications of the Republic of Indonesia. Currently he is enjoying his retirement by speaking on his views of culture, sustainability, and community-based tourism in universities and other venues. He is a member of Eminent Persons’ Group of Republic of Indonesia – Republic of Korea, member of World Committee on Tourism Ethics of UNWTO, and member of Asia Pacific Creativity Forum on Culture and Tourism.

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